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I'm going into eighth grade. I took a writing prompt to be in the higher language arts class in seventh grade. I just got the letter saying that I made it in! The work we'll be doing is two grades above our grade level and honestly I have no confidence in myself. Do you have any tips on being an accelerated writer?

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One of the best things to help you write better is to read a LOT. Read books by many different authors with different writing styles, and read as often as you can. Read books similar to what you'd like to write. For example, if you'd like to write horror novels, read horror novels-- lots of 'em. When reading authors you like, try to recognize exactly what it is you enjoy bout their writing style.
You may want to get a book on writing, a sort of "How To" book. Write as often as you can & create story outlines whenever you think of an idea for a story. The more you write, the easier it'll come to you.
Try giving yourself writing assignments, just as you'd have in school.
Write a descriptive essay about one of your favorite places. There ya go, this is your first writing assignment!
Better get working on it -- it's due this time tomorrow, ha! :D

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You betcha!
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Excellent!
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4th, 8th, or 10th?
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Umm.... hmm....
I don't see that descriptive essay...?
Looks like you get an "F" on this one -- sorry.
Please make more of an effort next time... 8)
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3 parografs, punksacxon las yr ad Aeh :(
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To make up for the "F" grade, due to the total lack of effort with the descriptive essay assignment, the following NEW assignment is now required:
A statistical observation & popular opinion essay on.....
The Current State of The US Economy.
10 paragraphs minimum -- 10,000 words or more, 1.5 inch margins.
Please include citations & parenthetical documentation.
Due: 7-27-13, 10:00 AM, EST.

Hmm... seems to me the descriptive essay would've been a lot more fun to write... ;-)
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paw am maw won't uh cofrne ESP wth tha pircple. Safe Journey :)
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you will became a better writer if you practice to write everyday

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Read a lot, revise papers, and ask for explanations when you're not sure about an error/sentence...

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They probably won't teach this in your class unfortunately, but howabout just writing for fun. Give yourself assignments. Doesn't even have to be nonfiction. Once your proud of a piece of work, take it to a friend and ask what he or she thinks. Whether you get a boost of confidence or a helpful critique, you'll find it will help you be a better writer.

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Wrong! (about teaching which occurs within a classroom).
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umm.. depends on the school. Ideally yes, but from my experience most teachers are scrambling to get kids to pass the standardized tests that they have altogether abandoned the basic concept that making learning an altogether fun an enjoyable intellectual exploration will get them involved to the point of surpassing those tests without ever addressing the material in the tests at all.
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Write a lot and also read a lot of books by best-selling authors and observe their style of writing

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Use bigger and better vocabulary words while explaining something in your writing. Use great, vivid detail
But most of all, ENJOY WHAT YOU DO!! I've learned that the happier you are while writing, the better the writing will be.

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Well, it depends on what your struggles and weaknesses are. What do you have trouble with when writing? When someone reads your work, what mistake do they often pint out? If you tell me you weaknesses, I can help strengthen them.

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I get distracted a lot and I'm not really good at explaining what I'm thinking, I never know the right thing to say at the right time.
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Sorry this is coming so late. Alright. When you say you get distracted, do you mean you start to trail off the subject into something different? Just focus on what the subject is and don't think about anything else. If an idea comes to mind, save it for later. Don't write it down immediately, or your story will be a jumbled mess of randomness. You also seem to have trouble describing something. When describing something like an action taking place, similes, metaphors, and comparisons are extremely useful. Use those to give the reader an idea of what you're talking about. Hope I've helped.
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Make a thesaurus your best friend. Go around the old tried and true words. Look for different ways to describe things. Compare/contrast., use analogies. Read lots of writing "Royalty" (the Dean [R. Koontz ] and the King [Stephen]). They are the masters of descriptive writing and King writes in so many different genres it's truly amazing.
Much to learn! Try not to get florid! And watch out for constructive criticism that is really only "constrictive crudicism" as many people will believe it is their duty to find something wrong ! Choose your teachers wisely! Good luck.

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Great answer! I was thinking of Stephen King when I mentioned "descriptive." I've read a lot... I mean a LOT... and I've never read any other author who has made me feel as if I am "right there," in whatever is happening, as when I've read his books. He has such a gift for that -- he is truly The Master of "descriptive writing." :)
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Love Stephen King <33 Pet Sematary and Cujo are real classics that I adore. He never ceases to amaze me ;). Except in Stand by me, didn't like that one bit.
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I TRIED to read Pet Sematary when I was about 11...
I got so scared, I couldn't finish the book, haha!! The movie -- blah -- doesn't even come close! The imagery in my head while reading what he writes is so much scarier than anything they come up with for screenplays. His descriptions are amazing -- you really feel like you're there -- and when I was 11, I didn't wanna be there anymore! =O
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He is the "king of spoooooky"!
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Hey, don't doubt yourself, you took the test and you got in, which means that you're totally smart enough and a good enough writer to do well in the course :) if you want to improve, then practice in your free time, and always have a thesaurus and dictionary nearby to look up words. Also, if you read a lot, that'll help you in terms of creativity.

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Your writing is the product of everything you've ever read, and everything you've ever written before. It got you this far. It will take you further. You tested in; just let it happen.

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you can become a better writer by you keep practicing your hand righting

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theres an app and website called wattpad that I use. I love it and I think you should look into it! its FREEEEEEE haha

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Well first you have to read a lot. Getting ideas always helps a lot. Then, you have to think deep down. What do you think is really amazing that's happened to you or someone else? Then write about that and use all you emotions. Don't hold back, write it out.

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Go to http://chaoticshiny.com/wegen.php

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I am also a wannabe author, and have done considerable research on this topic. One hint that I recall reading and have adopted is to read poetry.If you are not a great poetry fan, borrow poetry anthologies such as "The Oxford Companion to American (British, etc.) Poetry from the library. As with any other reading, a comprehensive anthology will give you the opportunity to assess the type or author that appeals to you. If you are too tired to read anything serious,a poem can be light and easy. Don't worry about analyzing the work (unless you want to), just read it for pleasure and it will help your prose flow.

While I frequently use a thesaurus, don't overwhelm your work with 'big' words. This can detract from the readability, and doesn't really impress anyone. While you need a good vocabulary in your tool box, avoid the habit of searching for an obscure word, just for the sake of it. I find the thesaurus most useful to help me find synonyms, as I have the terrible habit of using the same word repeatedly.

Also, learn your grammar. Some of the rules may appear archaic, but good grammar enhances readability.

Most of all, good luck and enjoy.

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find things that inspires you, read up on best writers in history, award winning writers and take tips, practice practice practice it will becomes perfect.

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Ok, I am just a llliiitttllleee bit of a writing geek. I go on dictionary.com a lot (and for FUN of all things) and I have made my own little thesaurus that includes words I use in my stories. I will end up writing an entire story simply because I wanted to use a single word, I am nearly finished a book and have another in the making that I love so much I treat it like a child. You need to establish a genre that you like and what you like to write. Like say, romantic poetry or horror fiction or country songs. I myself love sad poems, fairytale fiction and horror fiction, so if those happen to be your style as well you can always ask me! Once you have your genre and type, focus on words you find commonly in that genre. In horror, you will often find the word "scary". Look at words that mean "scary" but are not as overused, like "ominous". I can also give you plenty of synonyms if you get stuck. Dictionary.com has little quizzes and games that will improve your writing technique. I use the Merriam-Webster collection (dictionary, thesaurus and vocabulary builder) and it is very handy, especially the vocabulary builder. (continued in comments)

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Don't push yourself to write in a genre or type that you aren't comfortable in, I tried and it ends up a piece of writing you don't like because you had a bad time writing it. Enjoy what you write, share it and soak up the praise and happiness from others. It will come to you much easier this way, but be wary of the inevitable writer's block or hand cramps. Give yourself little breaks to avoid wearing out your hands and brain. Remember to ask questions when unsure!
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If you go on quibblo.com you can create your own quizzes, surveys, stories, and poems and get feedback on them from other quibblonians! ask them to be honest and to give you tips :)

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Read lots of literature, poetry, books, study different types of writing(ex: News Journalist).

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I am also going from the 7th grade to 8th grade and all my teachers have always told me to work on descriptive language. Try to always make the reader feel exactly what is happening. Make sure to work hard on improving your vocabulary. Focus on what you're doing and try your best! Remember you have to write something that you feel right about and how about the topic. Keep in mind that the first couple of tries don't always work out, but you have to keep trying and working.

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Reading is a good way to become a good writer, especially reading books with a little older vocabulary so you can learn the meanings of words. You can also come up with a good book idea and start writing and edit to make it good.

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Read! Then read some more! Then, after you're done with that, read!

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Reading is important, but I find that inspiration is the best cause for ideas while practice improves skill.

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What helps me the most, and it seems really basic, is to keep a small notebook with me at all times. Inspiration is everywhere, and it's really useful to have a place to note, because it can fly out of your head in a heartbeat!

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get inspiration by a book or movie in the same genre of your book or take experiences from your own life that relates to your story

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Writing, like many other skills, requires a lot of practice to get better at. You also need to have inspiration. You can also read a book and study how the author does his storytelling but you should never copy his style, develop your own.

- Peter, http://www.literarymovies.com/

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If you wanted to be a better writer, PASSION it the most important thing to consider. And put a lot of time in reading different kinds of Books, Stories, Latest news and Literature. Lastly create your own style, find your inspiration, make a trademark. okay? Good Luck =)

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read read read you can check out books from the library and ask a grown up for a sample find your inner you and write, write like the wind. writing isn't just something you can just know how to do the second you read these answers, you have to start off with brainstorming-jotting down ideas then
rough draft-putting your ideas into many paragraphs after that
editing-fixing your mistakes finally
final draft or publishing-your final paper with fixed mistakes and has to be neat to read after that you would have a neat well wrote paper. after that you will probably get get more into it and love it! you know what they say...PRACTICE MAKES PERFECTION

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Read frequently and critically. Analyse other people's work - look at how they describe, punctuate, make dialogue engaging and realistic, use different adjectives and verbs at different points to control the pace etc. Compare their writing styles, and develop your own based on what you think works and what doesn't. Find interesting ways to give background information and convey emotions without information overloads - developing these things subtly within dialogue that progresses the plot, for instance.

Practice. Write every day. For every moment writing, spend the same time editing your work and the work of others. Seek criticism from honest people who you respect. Consider criticism positively and with an open mind. If anyone says your work is no good, do not think 'I am a terrible writer'. Instead think 'I am better than this. I will work and improve.'

Join an online writing community, like www.authonomy.com.

We all start off with much to learn, and creative writing isn't easy. If it was, it wouldn't be half as worthwhile.

Is there anything in particular you struggle with? I'd love to help, if you feel I can.

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Read a lot, Use bigger words in your writing, Get more ideas. Use more details in your characters.

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All you need to do is practice. That is how I did it. Just start plain and simple. Then all you need to do is revise. get a dictionary. Ask for feedback. Use better words. Do that until you are completely satisfied. Do that over and over until you write perfect every time.(Remember, the best authors even struggle and revise)

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I am a big writer how i became a big writer is simple. I went to the local library and got all my favorite books. I read every day and night and then I could tell i was a better reader. I wrote books, essays, poems, stories, and other fun things and gave them to my family and friends for special occasions.

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spent a lot of your time on reading and then modify this in your own word with your additional effort of knowledge and expereinces of your life.

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Use words that are advanced. Not just beacuse they look good, but because they give it color. :)

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In mornings before school or after school go to your English Teacher's Classroom, Im sure your teacher will help you in what ever your struggling in, its what i do it helps very much to ask questions.

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The best way to become more and more like a writer, is just try to write as more as possible. You could find some writing tasks on some freelancer websites, such a http://www.fiverr.com http://www.freelancer.com

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WATTPAD!!! www.wattpad.com an amazing place for writers try it you'll love it!

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